Preparing Your Cows for A Successful Breeding Season
Dr. Les Anderson
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
A successful breeding season actually begins with management decisions made prior to calving. As we move into the winter feeding period, cattlemen need to review their management plan to ensure optimal rebreeding and success. Rebreeding efficiency can be optimized by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan to regulate estrus in their first-calf heifers and late-calving cows.
IBBA to Host 2018 World Brangus® Congress
The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) is proud to host guests from more than 14 countries at the 2018 World Brangus Congress (WBC) Feb. 27 – March 3, in Houston, Texas. Highlights of the WBC itinerary include a day at Texas A&M University, a night at Rodeo Houston, discussion from industry leaders and experts, world-class shopping and entertainment, the WBC Gala event, and more.
Beef Heifer Replacement Forecasts for the 2017 – 2018 Production Season
Randy Saner, Matt Stockton
University of Nebraska
What is a respectable value to pay for a beef replacement heifer for the coming 2017-2018 production season? Like many decisions, this can be complicated by many factors, but none the less important to have a handle on to make the best production and business choices for continued success of the ranching operation.
Wean as a Means of Gaining Saleable Pounds
Over 45 years on the farm, Ted Lacey has learned small changes in his beef operation can significantly impact the bottom line. After learning how fenceline weaning reduces stress in a herd, the Trent, South Dakota, cattleman adopted the practice, using hotwire and permanent fencing to separate cows and calves.
Impacts of Nutrient Restriction on Heifer Pregnancy Success
Erin Beck, Julie Walker
Understanding the factors impacting reproductive failure within heifers is critical to implementing management strategies that will improve heifers’ chances of remaining within the beef herd and successfully producing calves.
What is the repeatability of calving difficulty?
Western Livestock Journal
Recently an Oklahoma cow-calf producer asked about the repeatability of calving difficulty in young cows. He had a 2-year-old heifer that endured a very difficult delivery. After the event is over and the cow and calf are doing well, the rancher can’t help but ask the question: “If a heifer has calving difficulty this year, what is the likelihood that she will have trouble again next year?”
How Much Hay do I Need to Feed?
Calculating the amount of hay that is needed on both a short term and over the course of an entire winter are mathematical exercises that are required on any cow calf enterprise. There are scientifically based “rules-of-thumb” that can make these mathematical exercises more precise.